Journal for girls’ empowerment & Journal for boys’ self-discovery

Developed by the Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD), these journals are designed for exploring crucial life lessons, building confidence, and navigating the ups and downs of teenage years.

Journal for Girls’ Empowerment & Journal for Boys’ Self-discovery is a two-year empowerment plan. Through monthly lessons and practical actions, these journals explore two topics each month to support teenagers navigate the challenges of their teenage years. If you are a teen seeking support in navigating these turbulent years, or to support someone, then this journal can be of help.

Through a series of prompts, exercises, and inspiring stories, this journal encourages teenage boys and girls to recognize their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. It provides a safe space for them to explore their evolving identities, challenge traditional notions of masculinity and femininity, and discover their unique strengths and passions.

Journal for Girls’ Empowerment 

Recognizing the need for addressing systemic gender inequality, this journal starts by explicitly calling for girl’s empowerment. By challenging harmful gender norms, and taking a gender transformative approach, the journal provides a two-year empowerment plan. By providing support in navigating the inner and outer changes of teenage years, this journal seeks to ensure that girls have ample access to resources and opportunities as they grow up.

Journal for Boys’ Self-discovery

This is a journal for boys to navigate the societal expectations of being a man and to dig deep into their  feelings and fears, which often go unexplored. Spanning two years, this journal is designed for boys at the start of their teenage years. With lessons, insights, and reflections, it serves as a self-discovery guide to  nurture healthy self-esteem and develop an understanding of peer pressures. While promoting  personal and relational growth, boys are invited to recognize how being male benefits them in a patriarchal society, question and reject harmful gender norms, and embrace care towards themselves and those around them.

My empowerment journey: A journal for Girls-English

PDF 4.6 MB


My journey to self discovery: A journal for Boys-English

PDF 3.8 MB


Who will find this resource useful?

Teenagers, parents, educators, and mentors supporting young people on their life journey may find this resource useful in fostering positive development and empowerment.

About the authors

Foundation for Innovative Social Development (FISD) is an organization that believes in the transformative power of youth. For over ten years, they have been working extensively with young people across Sri Lanka, and beyond, amplifying young voices and centering their insights.

09 May 2024
First published
01 January 2022
Foundation for Innovative Social Development
South Asia